DEA Info For New York
New York has a somewhat divided methamphetamine market. In the New York City area, the market is mainly for crystal methamphetamine. Much of the methamphetamine seen in NYC was produced by Mexico and/or California based Mexican methamphetamine trafficking organizations. The upstate New York market is primarily methamphetamine powder supplied by local clandestine labs.
The most common methods of diversion of pharmaceuticals in New York are: .doctor shopping. , forged prescriptions, and theft. Methadone, benzodiazepines (such as alprazolam and diazepam), and fentanyl were also identified as being among the most commonly abused and diverted pharmaceuticals in New York.
Colombia-based traffickers bring some of the purest heroin in the world to the streets of New York, using the same distribution methods and money-laundering techniques they perfected in capturing the cocaine market.
A high-ranking member of the notorious Norte Valle Cartel in Colombia by the name of Julio Cesar LOPEZ-PENA, was extradited from Colombia to New York. In December 2007 he was found guilty of conspiracy to import cocaine into the U.S. LOPEZ-PENA, participated in the shipment of multi-ton quantities of cocaine, worth an estimated $100 million dollars, to the United States between 1998 and 2003.
The New York Field Division (NYFD) arrested William FOUSSE in March 2007 for violating the Combat Methamphetamine Act (CMEA) of 2005 by purchasing over 9 grams of pseudoephedrine in a month.s time. This was the nation.s first arrest for violating the Combat Methamphetamine Act of 2005 .The CMEA of 2005 was signed into law on March 9, 2006 to regulate, among other things, retail over-the-counter sales of ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, and phenylpropanolamine products which are common ingredients found in cough, cold, and allergy products. Retail provisions of the CMEA include daily sales limits and 30-day purchase limits, placement of product out of direct customer access, sales logbooks, customer ID verification, employee training and self-certification of regulated sellers. The CMEA was passed because those drugs are precursor chemicals used in the illegal manufacture of methamphetamine or amphetamine.
In March 2005, the METs prioritized investigations in New York to target and dismantle methamphetamine trafficking organizations and clandestine laboratory operators. In January 2006, the MET finished a several month long investigation into the methamphetamine activity in the region, which ultimately led to the exposure of a methamphetamine lab in Jefferson County, New York. Two individuals were arrested and a second lab was discovered at a remote cabin in Northern Lewis County, New York that resulted in the seizure of 150 grams of a liquid containing methamphetamine and 21 grams of ephedrine, a precursor for the manufacture of methamphetamine. In addition to the eradication of two methamphetamine labs in the north country region, MET members and local police agencies in New York made controlled purchases of narcotics on the streets of Watertown and the surrounding area leading to more arrests and asset seizures. As a result of this investigation, seventeen individuals were arrested on state charges for trafficking narcotics and eleven federal arrests were generated. Eleven properties were searched and seizures included an automobile, a residential home valued at approximately $55,000.00, three weapons and over $16,000.00 in cash. As a result of the efforts of these dedicated agencies in New York, over 194 grams of crack cocaine, with a street value of $19,000.00 was taken off the streets of Jefferson County. In May 2006, the MET concluded a 9-month investigation into the illegal use, sale, manufacture and transportation of illegal drugs in Montgomery County, New York which resulted in 19 arrests.
The early stage of being high on marijuana is characterized by euphoria, uncontrollable laughter, alteration of one's sense of time, depersonalization, and sharpened vision. Later, the user becomes relaxed and experiences introspective and dreamlike states, if not actual sleep. Thinking or concentrating becomes difficult, although by force of will the person can concentrate to some extent.
Family risk factors for teenagers developing drinking problems include low parent supervision or communication, family conflicts, inconsistent or severe parental discipline, and a family history of alcohol or drug abuse. Individual risk factors include problems managing impulses, emotional instability, thrill-seeking behaviors, and perceiving the risk of using alcohol to be low. Girls who drink, as well as teens who begin drinking prior to the age of 14 years and those whose mothers have drinking problems, are more likely to develop alcoholism. Teen risk factors for alcoholism differ a bit between the 14- to 16-year-old and 16- to 18-year-old age groups, in that 16- to 18-year-olds tend to be less likely to drink in excess when they have a close relationship with their mothers.
There are many anti-drunk driving organizations in the United States, all with more or less the same goal: to prevent alcohol and drug-related traffic incidents. Roughly 33% of Americans are involved in an alcohol-related crash at some point in their lives. In 2006, the number of people who died in a traffic crash involving alcohol accounted for 41% of the total number of traffic fatalities. That same year, 1.46 million arrests were made concerning people driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The best known of all the anti-drunk driving organization is Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). The group, a nonprofit organization based in Irving, Texas, also has a branch in Canada. This initiative was started in 1980 with goals to stop drunk driving, support the victims of drunk driving crimes, and prevent underage drinking. Over the years, the organization has expanded its work greatly, especially in the area of preventing underage drinking. Since the group's inception, MADD has helped pass thousands of anti-drunk driving laws and made the use of designated drivers acceptable amongst mainstream society.
The consequences of alcohol misuse are serious-in many cases, life threatening. Heavy drinking can increase the risk for certain cancers, especially those of the liver, esophagus, throat, and larynx (voice box). Heavy drinking can also cause liver cirrhosis, immune system problems, brain damage, and harm to the fetus during pregnancy. In addition, drinking increases the risk of death from automobile crashes as well as recreational and on-the-job injuries. Furthermore, both homicides and suicides are more likely to be committed by persons who have been drinking. In purely economic terms, alcohol-related problems cost society approximately $185 billion per year. In human terms, the costs cannot be calculated.